Risk Taking in Politics

August 2016

To understand risk taking, I argued, you need to understand how people think about the probability of things not turning out well, you also need to underhand their emotional response to risk taking and the complex interaction between thinking and emotion.  I discussed why we are so poor at accurately estimating the probabilities of negative events happening and how our emotional responses precede our cognitive judgments, and how and why this can go wrong.  This can help explain why some people take such risks and even why some risk takers might be drawn to politics in the first place.